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Easy, Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven Baked Ribs Recipe

Baking low and slow is the secret to these fall-off-the-boneĀ oven baked ribs.Ā Jump to the Fall-Off-The-BoneĀ Oven Baked Ribs Recipe.Ā Or watch our quick recipe video showing you how we make them.

Some might have the impression that ribs are one of those dishes that should be left to the ā€œpit mastersā€ ā€” itā€™s just not true.Ā Baking ribs in the ovenĀ is seriously easy. All you need is time ā€”Ā 95% of the recipe time is sitting back and relaxingĀ waiting while the ribs bake.

Secrets for MakingĀ Tender Ribs in the Oven

We learned how to make oven baked ribs from Steamy Kitchen and have never looked back! So we suggest you prep the ribs, pick out a favorite movie, open a beer and relax until done.

How to Make Baked Ribs

These baked ribs are so easy ā€” all you need is a little time.Ā  We bake the ribs before adding any sauce, once baked you can brush on yourĀ favoriteĀ barbecue sauce or make ours.

For the most tender ribs, we like to remove the thin membraneĀ coveringĀ the rack. It can be a bit tough when cooked and since we really love ribs thatĀ literallyĀ fall of the bone, the membrane has to go. To remove it, use a knife to gently slide under the membrane then using your fingers pull the membrane away from the bones. If slippery or difficult to remove, use a kitchen towel to take hold of it and pull.Ā Then season both sides with salt and pepper and cover with aluminum foil.Ā The ribs bake at a low temperature for 3 to 4 hours.

Remove the Membrane Tender Ribs

By the way, you might actually find that the butcher or shop you bought your ribs from has already removed theĀ membrane. Less work for you!

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

You could use any bbq sauce you like, but for us, we like to cook up this quick sauce ā€” it only takes a few minutes. Weā€™ve shared how to make it in theĀ recipe.

Brushing the Sauce onto the Ribs

You could always make a double batch of the sauce and serve with chicken, on a burger or as a dip for fries. In fact, we make a similar sauce to coat our Brown Sugar Barbecue Wings Recipe. Another option is our Homemade Bacon Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Recipe (itā€™s decadent and delicious!)

Bacon Bourbon RibsYOU MAY ALSO LIKE: These ribs were so popular, we made another version. OurĀ Tender Bacon Bourbon Oven Baked RibsĀ are baked in the oven just like these sweet and spicy ribs, but we swap the sauce for our homemade bacon-bourbon barbecue sauce.

Back in the day we were contributors for Betty Crocker. We shared a similar version of this recipe with them. We loved it so much weĀ hadĀ to share an adapted version with you.

How to Make Fall of the Bone Ribs

Recipe updated, originally posted SeptemberĀ 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. ā€“ Adam and Joanne

Easy, Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven Baked Ribs Recipe

  • PREP
  • COOK

Low and slow cooking make these oven baked ribs fall off the bone tender. Once baked, we like to add our sweet and spicy barbecue sauce to the ribs, but use whatever you love. For the most tender ribs, we remove the thin membrane covering the back of the rack. Depending on where you have purchased ribs, this may already be done for you. If not, instructions are in the notes section below.

Makes 4 Servings

You Will Need


2 to 2 1/2 pounds baby back pork ribs

Salt and black pepper

Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup finely diced onion

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 cup ketchup, try our homemade ketchup recipe

1 tablespoon hot chili sauce (suggestion Sriracha)

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Salt and ground pepper, to taste


  • Prepare Ribs
  • Heat oven to 275 degrees F.

    If the ribs still have the thin membrane covering the back of the rack, remove it. See how in the notes section below. Season both sides of the ribs with salt and a generous amount of pepper then place, meat-side up, into a large roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet. (It may be necessary to cut the ribs in half in order for them to fit into the pan). Cover tightly with aluminum foil, and then bake until the meat falls easily from the bones, 3 to 4 hours.

    • Make Barbecue Sauce
    • While the ribs bake, make the barbecue sauce. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the cumin and stir. Next, add the ketchup, hot chili sauce, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine, season with salt then cook for 2 minutes. Set aside in preparation for the ribs to finish roasting.

      • To Finish
      • Remove the ribs from the oven, discard the aluminum foil and generously brush both sides with barbecue sauce.

        Move an oven rack near to the top of the oven. Turn broiler to high and broil the ribs for 3-4 minutes, just until the barbecue sauce begins to caramelize.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Removing the Membrane: Place the ribs meat-side-down on a cutting board. Locate the thin membrane covering the rack. This membrane can be tough when cooked. To remove, use a knife to gently slide under the membrane then using your fingers, pull the membrane away from the bones. If slippery or difficult to remove, use a kitchen towel to take hold of it and pull.Removing the Membrane
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values. We assumed 4 servings. The information below does include the barbecue sauce and 1 teaspoon of salt.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste ā€” We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1/2 rack / Calories 433 / Protein 26 g / Carbohydrate 13 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 11 g / Total Fat 30 g / Saturated Fat 10 g / Cholesterol 107 mg / Sodium 694 mg
AUTHOR:Ā Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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442 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Deborah May 19, 2018, 1:52 am

    I made these tonight. Wound up cooking them in oven just under 4 hours. I boiled them first for 30 minutes. The sauce is to die for. And the final product…wow. It was hard turning them over when broiling. The ribs were so tender and juicy. Thank you!

  • Teresa May 17, 2018, 8:12 pm

    This is the best and easiest recipe for baby back ribs. I keep coming back to this site every time I make them. They come out exactly as listed.

  • Susan May 17, 2018, 11:32 am

    A great way to remove the membrane from back of ribs. Loosen a piece and using paper towels pull off, the paper towel gives you a good grip on the membrane

  • Ace Peace May 13, 2018, 6:43 pm

    SUPER GOOD and just as easy as advertised. Made them mothers days cookout and these were by far the best out of the other 3 dads that brought ribs. Will make again and again!! Thanks!

  • CJ May 11, 2018, 12:23 am

    Amazing!! I’ve never cooked ribs in my life, but bought some on sale and had no idea what to do with them. This was too easy! They turned out perfect and the sauce was wonderful too (I modified it just a little and added a teaspoon of honey). Thanks so much for the great recipe!

    • Kaylon Whitaker May 13, 2018, 3:03 pm

      Thank you so much the recipe was easy-to-follow I fix them for myself for Mother’s Day they were delicious

  • Elizabeth May 10, 2018, 9:03 am

    I bought baby back ribs yesterday afternoon and I needed a recipe! This was the first that came up on Google search so I used it. I’m so glad I did! I turned my oven up to 290 though because I had three racks of ribs and I was starting a bit late. I only had 3.5 hours of cook time instead of 4. The ribs got done fine and dandy in the amount of time I had. They reached an internal temp of 175 which is more than enough. I guess I didn’t have to set the oven to 290 after all. When spreading the BBQ sauce, I forgot to spread it on the underside but they still turned out wonderfully!

  • Karl Thompson May 7, 2018, 10:12 am


  • Love rumbum May 5, 2018, 8:47 pm

    Wow wow wow šŸ˜®

  • Caper April 30, 2018, 9:23 pm

    Good luck getting them out of the pan without them breaking apart!! I was looking for a perfect recipe with the results I got. Every rib gets easily cleaned to the bone with no effort. Perfect oven ribs and couldnā€™t be easier.

  • barb April 30, 2018, 1:21 am

    I made your ribs today they were so tender falling off the bone as I was taking them out of the baking dish this was a great recipe they are awesome and thank-you for sharing. will be making them again.


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